National Library Week Press Kit

National Library Week (April 4 - 10, 2021) is a time to celebrate our nation's libraries, library workers' contributions and promote library use and support.  

The theme for National Library Week 2021 is "Welcome to Your Library." 

During the pandemic, library workers continue to exceed their communities' demands and adapt resources and services to meet their users' needs during these challenging times. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning. 

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

Press Releases 

ALA releases State of America’s Libraries Special Report: COVID-19

ALA to host Dan Rather live to celebrate National Library Week in exclusive interview for ALA’s Take Action for Libraries Day on April 8

Nation to celebrate library workers’ contributions during – and looking beyond -- COVID-19

First-ever National Library Outreach Day to take place during National Library Week

Nation to celebrate library workers’ contributions, April 6, 2021

 Actress, author, and activist Natalie Portman to serve as 2021 National Library Week honorary chair


National Library Week Audio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) 

Quotable Facts about Libraries 

Library Facts and Figures 


National Library Week Honorary Chair Natalie Portman 

Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, author, and activist is the honorary chair of National Library Week 2021.  A lifelong fan of books, Portman is an avid reader and often shares what she is reading on her Instagram feed, as part of Natalie Portman's Book Club, using the hashtag #whatnatreads. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, she is a graduate of Harvard University and just recently released her debut picture book - “Natalie Portman’s Fables.”  

Natalie Portman artwork: 
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National Library Week events

Follow  National Library Week activities at your library, the American Library Association, and I Love Libraries on social media by tracking the hashtags:  #NationalLibraryWeek | #LibrariesTransform | Twitter I Love Libraries Twitter | Facebook I Love LibrariesFacebook

Welcome To Your Library Artwork

Media are welcome to share “Welcome to Your Library” graphics on their websites, over social media channels, and other digital communications channels. 

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